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Enforcement boats and shiny chrome bikes ride for Autism (11 photos, video)

With tours and rides on Canadian Coast Gaurd, RCMP, MNRF and Sault Search and Rescue boats, along with a roughly 200-person motorcycle ride, the Algoma Autism Foundation raised around $12,000 on Saturday
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Families got to ride on several emergency responder ships on Saturday as part of the 2017 Algoma Ride For Autism.

Algoma Autism Foundation director Jamie Boston said that as of Sunday the event raised around $12,000 and money was still coming in.

Arguably the main attraction of the event was a motorcycle ride for Highland Ford on Great Nothern Road, out to almost as far as the turnoff to St. Joseph Island then back to Sault where they ended at Roberta Bondar Pavilion.

Boston said around 200 people registered for this year's ride.

A portion of the money raised was from families paying to ride emergency response boats from the RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Sault Search and Rescue, and Ministry of Natural Resources.

The Canadian Coast Guard also brought their 42.8-meter Hero-class mid shore patrol vessel CCGS Constable Carrière and families were offered a tour and handshake with the captain.

The event also had activities for kids, live music, and food.

The funds raised will go to support the foundation's many local programs and services like the purchase of of ipads for non-verbal students, the group's sensory lending library, Sensory Santa and sensory swims, and more. 

Here's a video of Saturday's motorcycle ride.



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